Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years on charges of incitement and violating COVID-19 protocols, the first verdict in a long list of charges that could imprison the ousted civilian leader for decades.
Suu Kyi, who was detained in a military coup in February, is accused of a total of 11 charges from electoral fraud to unlawful possession of walkie-talkies, all of which were described by her lawyer as “absurd”.
The 72-year-old faces maximum imprisonment of 102 years with all charges. More verdicts are expected to come in the following months.
In the first set of trials held privately in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on Monday, Suu Kyi was sentenced four years for inciting public unrest and not following COVID-19 protocols, a government spokesperson told AFP News Agency.
Myanmar’s junta has issued a gag order on all of Suu Kyi’s lawyers, saying that their communications with the news media could “destabilize the country.”
The Myanmar court had also sentenced two of Suu Kyi’s long-time allies. Win Myint, ousted president, was charged four years on the same charges and Myo Aung, ousted mayor of Naypyidaw, was given two years on just the incitement case.
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